Meet Jackie (updated September 2022)
Hi neighbors, I’m Jackie Craig. Many know me as a volunteer, a board member, a nonprofit leader, and an education advocate. I am connected with many of our wonderful community members and I look forward to the opportunity to meet many more of my neighbors. It brings me joy to introduce my family to you. My husband is a marketer and business executive whose passion is growing businesses, developing people, and serving other businesses with products and services that enable them to succeed. Our two children have attended Lakeville Area Public Schools from infancy, in Early Childhood Family Education (ECFE) programs, through high school. Our nephews joined our household after their parents' lives were taken in an automobile accident in 2019. Like you, we chose this wonderful community to raise our family.
Our oldest graduated from Lakeville North High School in spring of 2022. She is now enrolled at Marquette University in the Diederich College of Communication. Our youngest just entered his freshman year at North and has been enjoying his classes, as well as playing goalie for the 10A soccer team. Our older nephew graduated from Carleton College and is now married to a fabulous woman. They recently purchased a home in the Twin Cities. Our youngest nephew will graduate from University of Northwestern this school year and looks forward to studying abroad. Our family is appreciative of opportunities we have received living in our community and recognize that when we work together we can do even better. That is why we are engaging neighbors to create a welcoming campaign centered on residents collaborating to build a safe, supported, and healthy community.
A safe, supported, and healthy community is one where people are engaged with their neighbors and where residents have access to the resources they need. For example, we met a lot of other families when we entered Lakeville Area Public Schools through ECFE programming. Both the adults and children in our family benefitted from the engagement of ECFE, Small Wonders Preschool, grade school, and middle school. Both of our teenagers continue their learning journeys, which we hope will lead to continued education and prosperous careers. It's not surprising to anyone that our schools can be leveraged to provide our community with many of the tools needed to thrive. That is why I support funding our public schools at the state level instead of deferring that responsibility inequitably to property taxes.
I am running to represent Senate District 57 at the Minnesota Legislature because I believe in the strength of our community. The strength of us. Together, we can build a safe, supported, and healthy community where people are engaged with their neighbors and where residents have access to the resources needed to support their families and continue to grow our thriving community. We invite you to join us.
University of Wisconsin - Platteville
Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice with an emphasis in Corrections
Bachelor of Science in Psychology
Western Illinois University
Masters of Science in Education - Counselor Education, Magna Cum Laude
Minnesota Employment Counselor Association
Minnesota Help Desk Association
Early Childhood Family Education Advisory Council
2008-10 Vice Chair
Lakeville Area Chamber of Commerce
Oak Hills Elementary Parent Teacher Organization
Women's March Minnesota
2019-20 Board Member
2016-17 Chair Senate District 56
2016-17 Communications Congressional District 2
2020 Statewide Delegate for Joe Biden
2020-22 Chair Senate District 58
Dakota Child and Family Clinic
2021-Present Board Member
February 18, 2022
Jackie Craig Announces Minnesota Senate Campaign
LAKEVILLE MN — Jackie Craig released the following statement to announce her candidacy for the Minnesota Senate in the newly formed Senate District 57.
“I am excited to announce that I will seek election in the newly-drawn Senate District 57, which encompasses all of Lakeville, Eureka Township, Credit River Township, Elko New Market, and New Market Township. I appreciate the nonpartisan work on the redistricting panel and the transparent process that engaged Minnesotans.
I am running to represent Senate District 57 at the Minnesota Legislature because I believe in the strength of our community. The strength of us.
February 24, 2022
News from SUN Thisweek Jackie Craig seeks Senate District 57 seat
Jackie Craig said last week that she would be seeking a seat in the Minnesota Senate in the newly formed Senate District 57.
“I am excited to announce that I will seek election in the newly-drawn Senate District 57, which encompasses all of Lakeville, Eureka Township, Credit River, Elko New Market, and New Market Township. I appreciate the nonpartisan work on the redistricting panel and the transparent process that engaged Minnesotans.
March 14, 2022
Jackie Craig Announces Veterans Caucus Endorsement
LAKEVILLE MN — Jackie Craig released the following statement to announce an additional endorsement of her candidacy for the Minnesota Senate in the newly formed Senate District 57.
“I am proud to share that the DFL Veterans Caucus has endorsed my campaign to represent the residents of Senate District 57 at the Minnesota Legislature. I appreciate their thoughtful consideration of the shared values we fight for and look forward to representing their members at the Minnesota Senate.”
March 30, 2022
Women Winning Endorsement and Recognition as FairVote Minnesota's RCV Democracy Champion
I am proud to announce that Women Winning has endorsed my campaign to serve the people of Senate District 57. In addition, I have be recognized as a FairVote Minnesota Democracy Champion. I look forward to supporting our common goals at the Minnesota Legislature.
April 13, 2022
Campaign Kick-Off and Earth Day Events Announced with Stonewall DFL Endorsement
I am honored to have earned the endorsement of Stonewall DFL. I follow the lead of those impacted by injustices in our community who are impacted by harms perpetrated by our policies as well as individuals in our community. You can count on me to show up, speak up, and create space for intersectional LGBTQ voices.
May 9, 2022
Kick-Off Update and a Little Endorsement
Thank you to Matt Little, former Lakeville Mayor, recent Minnesota Senator, and current candidate for Dakota County Attorney, for endorsing our campaign to represent our community at the Minnesota Senate.
June 13, 2022
Jackie Craig for Minnesota Senate has been endorsed by National Organization for Women (NOW)
I am honored to have earned the endorsement of National Organization for Women (NOW) as an “A” rated candidate - recognizing my leadership on feminist issues!.
We will be door knocking and marching in parades. You are invited to join us and pitch in to the campaign however you are comfortable.
July 1, 2022
Keith Ellison Door Knock & OutFront Endorsement
I am proud to have earned the support of OutFront Minnesota Action as Pride Month came to a close in June. Our campaign for Minnesota Senate is also endorsed by Stonewall DFL. You are invited to join Attorney General Keith Ellison and Jackie Craig on a team door knock on Friday, July 15!
February 19, 2022
Jackie Craig's First Interview as Senate Candidate on The Matt McNeil Show
Matt McNeil interviewed Jackie about her candidacy to represent the residents of Senate District 57. She shared her belief in the strength of our community - the strength of us. Together we can build safe, supported, and healthy communities where people are engaged with their neighbors...
March 3, 2022
Jackie Craig Encourages Blood and Platelet Donations
LAKEVILLE MN — Jackie Craig released the following statement encouraging neighbors to be a hero and roll up a sleeve to donate blood and platelets as we experience a dire blood shortage.
“During my appointment donating blood platelets today, it was shared with me that blood and platelet donations are critically needed to help prevent further delays in vital medical treatments. I encourage anyone eligible to donate to be a hero and roll up a sleeve to donate blood and platelets. Please visit www.RedCrossBlood.org to learn more about scheduling an appointment today.”
March 7, 2022
Jackie Craig Announces Two Endorsements
LAKEVILLE MN — Jackie Craig released the following statement to announce endorsements of her candidacy for the Minnesota Senate in the newly formed Senate District 57.
“I am proud to announce that the Minnesota Association of Professional Employees (MAPE) PAC and the Democratic-Farmer-Labor Environmental Caucus (DFL EC) have endorsed my campaign to serve the people of Senate District 57. Earning the support of these organizations is a great honor and I am committed to supporting our common goals.”
March 25, 2022
Surprise Endorsement Nominator
Proud Mom alert. I am excited to share that my daughter, Katie - a delegate to the April 9th Democratic-Farmer-Labor (DFL) Senate District 57 Convention, will be nominating me as the candidate to represent our community at the Minnesota Senate. Yes, I will be certain to wear waterproof makeup.
Katie is a senior at Lakeville North High School. Like you, she believes that together, we can build a safe, supported, and healthy community where people are engaged with their neighbors and where residents have access to the resources needed to support their families and continue to grow our thriving community.
April 11, 2022
Jackie is Officially DFL Endorsed!
I am proud to announce that the Democratic-Farmer-Labor (DFL) Party has endorsed my campaign to serve the people of Senate District 57. This campaign is part of an important movement in our community to make certain that anyone choosing to raise their family here feels safe and welcome. It’s about our community. It’s about us.
This campaign is about our collective movement to bring our community together around shared values. It’s about making sure basic needs are met and ensuring our public schools and social safety net programs are fully funded. It’s about making sure no person is stuck choosing between going to work or caring for a sick relative and that seniors can afford to retire with dignity and security. It’s about creating a community where we are all able to live, work, play, and go to school without fear. A community where each of us feels safe and welcome.
May 20, 2022
Campaign Kick-Off Thank You and Photos
Thank you to everyone that was able to attend our campaign kick-off last Sunday. The weather was fabulous and the people were amazing!
June 24, 2022
Jackie Issues SCOTUS Statement
Like many Minnesotans, I am outraged and saddened that the Supreme Court officially overturned Roe v. Wade’s 50-year precedent. This is a devastating and extreme position against privacy and reproductive autonomy. When you elect me, I will do everything in my power to preserve our right to privacy and the freedom to make our own health care decisions.
July 8, 2022
Parade Update & Two New Endorsements
All ages are invited to walk with Jackie in the Lakeville PAN-O-PROG Parade. Bring a full water bottle, your gentle candy tossing hands, and your most joyful smile!
July 11, 2022
Parade Photos, AFSCME Council 5 Endorsement & Jackie's Birthday
July is Jackie’s Birthday Month ~ Wish Her a Happy 51st by Donating TODAY! Donate $51, Get Back $50
Thank you for endorsing our campaign to represent Senate District 57 at the Minnesota Legislature AFSCME Council 5
July 26, 2022
Minnesota Educators and Friends of the Boundary Waters Endorse Jackie
Sunday was Jackie’s 51st Birthday ~ Join her team in wishing her a Happy 51st by DONATING TODAY! We have a goal of raising $3000 by the end of July and are almost halfway there.
August 15, 2022
Our Family is Especially Grateful ~ Minnesota Professional Fire Fighter Endorsement
James, Preston, and I left the Children’s ER in St. Paul at around 5:30 today. After morning tryouts for Lakeville North Soccer, Preston was experiencing the terrifying symptoms of either a stroke or atypical migraine...
Thank you for endorsing our campaign to represent Senate District 57 at the Minnesota Legislature, Minnesota Professional Fire Fighters ~ they represent over 2,000 firefighters, EMTs, paramedics,
and dispatchers in 46 cities throughout Minnesota.
August 24, 2022
Exciting Door Knocking Guests & Boundary Waters Action Fund Endorsement
We are thrilled that our "sister district" is Senator Melissa Halvorson Wicklund's district - the new Senate District 51.
We are excited to join Stonewall DFL and Erin Preese to talk with neighbors on Sunday, August 28 from 10:00 AM - Noon.
Thank you for endorsing our campaign to represent Senate District 57 at the Minnesota Legislature Boundary Waters Action Fund.
September 5, 2022
Happy Labor Day from a Proud Labor Endorsed Candidate
MAKING OUR ECONOMY WORK FOR EVERYONE
This community has helped my family thrive, and I want younger families to be given the same opportunities that mine has had. We need an economy that works for everyone, regardless of what you look like or where you come from. That means policies that support working families, small businesses, and retirees. When I’m elected, I will work for our economy by...
September 20, 2022
Happy National Voter Registration Day, Vote Early Starting Friday, and a New Endorsement
Vote early in person and send Jackie to the Minnesota Senate to protect rights and demand results.
On National Voter Registration Day, I’m asking voters to double check their registration status – and urge friends to do the same. Don’t let your voices be silenced in this year’s high-stakes midterm elections!
September 26, 2022
Senate District 57 is FLIPPABLE
“… in both the state House and Senate, the median seat – the one you need to capture the majority, in other words – is essentially a toss-up. Control of the chamber could go either way, depending on things like issue salience, candidate quality, media coverage, and all the other intangible factors that determine the final margins of close races.”
Amy Klobuchar endorses Jackie for Minnesota Senate!